November is National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo!) 

For those who don’t know, here’s what it is in their own words: 

"What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists. NaNoWriMo officially became a nonprofit organization in 2006, and our programs support writing fluency and education. Our website hosts more than a million writers, serving as a social network with author profiles, personal project libraries, and writing buddies. NaNoWriMo tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps, and hosts real-world writing events in cities from Mexico City, to Seoul, to Milwaukee with the help of 900+ volunteers in thousands of partnering libraries and community centers like… well, like nothing else. NaNoWriMo is internet-famous. It’s community-powered (hello, Wrimos!). It’s hosted authors drafting novels like Water for Elephants, WOOL, and Fangirl. It’s a teaching tool and curriculum taught in 5,920 classrooms, and NaNoWriMo’s programs run year-round. Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo is, it’s more than that."

This year to celebrate NaNoWriMo the Upper Skagit Library will be hosting a writing challenge! 

Join us in writing a short story or by completing a new section of your upcoming epic work! Excerpts should be mailed to info@upperskagitlibrary.org by Nov. 30th and will be shared on our website and social media throughout the month. Writers who submit work have the chance to win writing-themed prizes!  1000 words (around 2-3 pages) minimum to earn prizes, no word count minimum to have your work shared. More details will be released as they become available. 

Some of our prize options!

Wanna play a game?

Join us on Storium for “The Mysterious Tome” a new collaborative storytelling adventures with the library as narrator!

Create your own characters and help us tell a story based right here in Concrete in honor of NaNoWriMo 2020!

During a quiet mid-week morning, sometime in the winter, a small earthquake occurs, with its epicenter not far from Concrete, WA! At the Upper Skagit Library, the local librarian was shelving materials before their coworkers arrived, when the ground began to shake and roll. During all of the chaos, a large tome came loose from the shelves and fell, hitting the librarian in the head and knocking them out in the process. When the librarian woke up, surrounded by their coworkers who had just arrived at the building, they found that the offending book was very…peculiar. This book seemed to be much older than the rest of the collection, and when they investigated further, they found no barcode, no due date slip, no identifying information other than some very strange symbols within the pages. With a very bad headache, the librarian goes home to rest up before returning to work the next day. As the day progresses, our librarian discovers that something very strange has happened in the aftermath, and now they must deal with the strangeness in-between assisting patrons, planning, programs, and getting other library duties done.

What happens next? Why, that’s up to you!

Join the Upper Skagit Library in telling this story as part of our NaNoWriMo 2020 celebration! Participation will earn you the opportunity to win prizes!

Each game is limited to 3 players, but if more want to play we’ll make identical games until everyone can join in on the fun!

Rule: Please be mindful that this is a public library collaborative storytelling program for all ages! Please keep content and language mild and fun for all. Above all, be kind to each other and have fun! This game is reserved for Upper Skagit Library patrons for our NaNoWriMo2020 celebration! Patrons can create their own character to interact with the story. Characters can be librarians, library workers (such as associates or assistants), patrons of the library, or other townspeople or delivery people - the options are plenty! Please make sure that your characters are original - they’re not from any other story and they’re not actual people. We’re here to use our imagination!